Former major league baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza is staring at a huge legal hurdle following a recent drug arrest.
TMZ reports that during a routine traffic stop in San Diego on Friday, February 9, police found a "sophisticated aftermarket compartment used to conceal contraband."
Cops obtained a warrant to search Loaiza's home, where they seized 20 kilos of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $500,000.
Loaiza was hauled off to San Diego County Jail. He's charged with Possession of Cocaine Over 20 Kilograms, Possession of Cocaine for Sale, and Transportation of Cocaine ... all felonies.
His bond was set at $200,000. He is scheduled to appear before a judge on Wednesday. If convicted Loaiza faces up to 20 years in prison.
During his career Loaiza played for the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers.